ACHA Leadership & Executive Council

ACHA Officers and Officials


HolscherKathleen Holscher, President (2019)
University of New Mexico


CarrollJames T. Carroll, Vice President (2019)/President (2020)
Iona College

Research Interests: Native American History; Education and Pedagogy; Transnational Studies

Notable Publications: Seeds of Faith: Catholic Indian Boarding Schools (Garland, 2000).


StraussCharles Strauss, Executive Secretary-Treasurer (2018-present)
Mount St. Mary’s University

  • Research Interests: U.S. in the World, U.S. Religious History, History of Built Environment, Global Catholicism, Southern Africa
  • Notable Publications: “‘Tropical Battlegrounds’: An American Catholic Missionary Empire in Belize and Guatemala, 1941-1961,” American Catholic Studies (forthcoming); “‘Quest for the Holy Grail’: Central American War, Catholic Internationalism, and United States Public Diplomacy in Reagan’s America,” U.S. Catholic Historian, vol. 33, no. 1 (Winter 2015), 163-197; “God Save the Boer: Irish American Catholics and the South African War, 1899-1902,” U.S. Catholic Historian, vol. 26, no. 4 (Fall 2008), 1-26.

Executive Council


MenkeMartin Menke (2016-2019)
Rivier University

  • Research Interests: 20th-century German political Catholicism, Modern Germany, nationalism and religion.
  • Most Recent Publication: “Multiple Caesars? Germany, Bavaria, and German Catholics in the Interwar Period,” in Beyond the Borders of Baptism: Catholicity, Allegiances, and Lived Identities, ed. Michael L. Budde, Eugene: Cascade Books, 2016.

EndresDavid Endres (2016-2019)
Mount St. Mary’s Seminary of the West

  • Research Interests: U.S. Catholicism; 19th and 20th century history of Catholic ethnics, priesthood/religious life, missionary work, and devotionalism.
  • Most Recent Publication: “God’s Beggar and Builder: Father Francis Koch, OFM, and the Growth of the Church in Northern New Jersey,” in Essays on New Jersey Catholic History: In Commemoration of the 350th Anniversary of the Founding of the New Jersey Colony (New Jersey Catholic Historical Commission, 2016).

BurnsJeffrey Burns (2017-2020)
University of San Diego

  • Research Interests: History of the Immigrant Church
  • Notable Publications: Disturbing the Peace: A History of the Christian Family Movement, 1949-1974 (Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press); Keeping Faith: European and Asian Immigrants; part of the American Catholic Identities: A Documentary History Project (with Joseph White and Ellen Skerrett), (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books) 2002; We Are the Church: A History of the Diocese of Oakland, 1797-2002 (Strasbourg, France: Editions du Signe)

Marian J. Barber (2017-2020)
Independent scholar

  • Research Interests: Immigration, race and ethnicity, borderlands, women’s religious communities, Catholic laywomen.
  • Most Recent Publication: “Holy Cross Hospital, Austin: The Birth, Good Life, and Death of a Community Resource,” Catholic Southwest, A Journal of History and Culture 25 (2014): 60-76

DuganKatherine A. Dugan (2019-2021)
Springfield College

  • Research Interests: Religion in the United States; American Catholicism; Religion and Gender; Interfaith Studies
  • Notable Publications: Millennial Missionaries: How a Group of Young Catholics is Trying to Make Catholicism Cool (Oxford, 2019); From the Pews in the Back: Young Women & Catholicism (Liturgical Press, 2009); ”’St. Gemma is My Girl’: Devotional Practices of Millennial Catholics and the Making of Contemporary Catholic Saints” (American Catholic Studies, Winter 2017); ”Buddhist Women and Interfaith Work in the U.S.” (Journal for Buddhist-Christian Studies, 2007)

HayesPatrick J. Hayes (2019-2021)
Redemptorist Archives

  • Research Interests: Immigration, race and ethnicity, borderlands, women’s religious communities, Catholic laywomen.
  • Most Recent Publication: “Holy Cross Hospital, Austin: The Birth, Good Life, and Death of a Community Resource,” Catholic Southwest, A Journal of History and Culture 25 (2014): 60-76

Richard Gribble, C.S.C.,Gribble 2018 President
Stonehill College

  • Interests: U.S. Catholic history in the 20th century, especially immigration, Catholic higher education, and religious life.
  • Recent Publications: Father of the Fatherless: The Authorized Biography of Father Nelson Baker, Paulist Press 2011; Navy Priest: The Life of Captain Jake Laboon, SJ The Catholic University of America Press, 2015.

Graduate Student Representatives


KoethStephen M. Koeth (2019-2021)
Columbia University


TwomeyCarolyn Twomey (2017-2019)
Boston College


Ex Officio

Nelson H. Minnich/Joseph White
Catholic University of America
Editor, The Catholic Historical Review

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